The cost of complacency

Not for the squeamish but, it needs to be seen. Reposting this from Kenny Lane’s “Knuckledraggin” blog. It’s an incident from 2013. Not one of ours. And again, credit goes to Kenny Lane for posting this.


Knuckledraggin My Life Away Part I: 12 Gauge birdshot damage

I got an email the other night from Steve and somewhere down the line he mentioned being shot with a 12 gauge loaded with birdshot at close range and how devastating it was.
Then he sent pictures and the story. Holy shit.
Story first:

Thats my left shoulder. Story is: my son in law and I were at the range, and he HAD to have me shoot his AK47. Now, I believe they should be allowed under the 2A, but i like my .22, .410, and LOVE my .12 GA due to its versatility of rounds. SO. While I shot his AK47 (which WAS pretty cool) he went through some shells on my shotgun, going from slugs to birdshot, to see what each round could do. The wives called and told us boys it was time to come home, and I pulled the clip and emptied the chamber, and loaded his AK in the trunk, noticing my shotgun was already stored. When I got home late that evening, I grabbed the shotgun to take it out, and the trigger caught on the jack handle. Result: BIG BOOM. and a birdshot round litterally REMOVED my shoulder socket, shattered the bone halfway down to the elbow, and left the inside of my shoulder blade looking like baby swiss….

Lessons known:
1. treat every gun as loaded
2. an unloaded gun is a worthless gun
3. always transport your weapon empty unless you even THINK you may need it

Lessons learned:
1. my son in law is an idiot
2. even an ex-marine doesn’t necessarily know what he’s doing (which I should have realized 2 years ago when he shot his left finger off with a .45 pistol
3. put the fucking gun in a CASE or lock the trigger and
4. just because someone is NOW a cop, don’t mean shit. (actually I DID know that, this just confirmed it!)

Now for the graphic pictures:

1. After irrigation to clean the area

2. debris removed (note shell wadding in lower left)

3. what they replaced it wif (sic)

4. hooking it all together, or what there is left to hook up anyway.

And finally, the end result:

4 thoughts on “The cost of complacency

  1. So many lessons here…Son in law, friend, great aunt. It doesn’t matter. Always assume they’re not going to handle guns properly, and check everything yourself. Safeties. I am so impressed with gun experts who explain why manual safeties are unnecessary. My wife still wants her new carry gun to have one. Finally, never trust anyone who likes Russian firearms.

  2. The son in law isn’t the idiot in this incident.
    The numbnut who handled the gun in a manner that:
    1. let the gun point at any part of his body and
    2. let the trigger catch on anything
    is the idiot.

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